Events in Film & TV on April 29

Theater Premiere

1912 Frank Wedekind's play "Tod und Teufel" premieres in Berlin

  • 1932 1st broadcast of "One Man's Family" on NBC radio, longest-running dramatic serial on US radio (ends 1959)
  • 1940 1st radio broadcast of "Young Dr Malone" on CBS

Theater Premiere

1943 Noël Coward's comic play "Present Laughter" premieres in London

  • 1945 Conscientious objector Desmond Doss saves approximately 75 wounded soldiers in the Battle of Okinawa at Hacksaw Ridge. Later depicted in the Oscar-winning film "Hacksaw Ridge".
  • 1953 6th Cannes Film Festival: "The Wages of Fear" directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • 1953 The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV
  • 1956 WLUC TV channel 6 in Marquette, MI (CBS/NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 WSPA TV channel 7 in G'ville-Spartanburg, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 WWBT TV channel 12 in Richmond, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1961 ABC's "Wide World of Sports" debuts
  • 1995 Final TV broadcast of "Empty Nest" on NBC TV

Film Release

1996 "Rent", starring Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs, opens at Nederlander Theater NYC

  • 1997 43rd British Academy Television Awards: "Only Fools and Horses" Best Comedy, "EastEnders" Best Drama
  • 1997 50th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAs): "The English Patient" Best Film, Joel & Ethan Coen Best Director

Film & TV History

2018 Animated series "The Simpsons" surpasses 635-episode count of "Gunsmoke"'; highest number of episodes of any series on TV

  • 2019 Sports Illustrated features a Muslim model, Halima Aden, in a Burkini for the first time in their swimsuit edition